This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
You can win the daily battles with your enemy by recognizing that to fight Satan, you must fight in the realm of the spirit Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, not figured out by human reasoning. You are not fighting flesh and blood, but the powers of darkness.
Be alert to cycles or patterns in attacks from the enemy—a rash of accidents and sicknesses that lead to death. DON’T FEAR. You have all authority and power in the name of Jesus. (See “Weapons of Warfare,” section IV.)
You may wonder, If Jesus won the battle, why are we still fighting? Let’s look at the end of World War II. Even though the victory was won and Hitler was defeated, occupation troops remained in different areas of the nations. In the same way. you must maintain the victory that was won at Calvary through the blood of Jesus.
Scripture teaches that humans are tripartite beings, made up of spirit, soul and body:
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23).
In the soulish realm—the seat of the intellect, emotions and will—the mind is our most common battleground, for it is in the mind that choices are made. These choices, all of which involve the will, determine not only the course of a person’s daily life, but also his or her eternal destiny.
As the Word of God becomes alive in you and you act upon it, the Word will change your heart and mind, and your actions will change for your good and God’s glory. Through Christ, the believer can receive revelation and understanding of spiritual mysteries, whereas the unbeliever is spiritually blind. (Compare Eph. 1:17-21 to 4:17,18.)
Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus has defeated Satan-stripped him of his power—and put all things under Christ’s feet (see Eph. 1:19-22). The enemy’s primary point of attack is against your mind, to raise questions—as he did in tempting Eve in the garden and Jesus in the wilderness—to influence you to doubt God’s Word and His faithfulness.
Your mind has three voices to which it may respond: God’s, the enemy’s and your own. The more you become familiar with God’s Word, the easier it will become for you to recognize God’s voice; He always speaks that which is consistent with His character, as revealed in His Word. The voice of the Holy Spirit will speak to provide encouragement, comfort, direction, revelation, assurance of God’s love, conviction or correction.
By contrast, the enemy usually speaks in a way that brings thoughts of doubt, guilt, fear, jealousy, hatred, self-condemnation or self-righteousness. Your own “self-talk” is usually based on your human logic and reasoning, or your selfish desires and will.
You must take authority over the voice of the enemy and forbid him to speak: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7). Bind your own voice of human reasoning and desire; then open your mind and spirit to receive the voice of the Holy Spirit. Often the direction for prayer which the Holy Spirit gives does not seem logical to the human mind; do not allow this to hinder your obedience and effectiveness. When God calls you to take a stand, obey Him (see Isa. 55:8):
Blessing follows obedience as surely as night follows day, And God
rewards the man whose time is set apart to pray. Rarely does the
answer come from channels we would choose, And often just
before we win, it looks as though we’ll lose. But our God is faithful;
His ways no man can understand— He only asks obedience to
stand when He says stand.
—by Karen Kaufman
Spiritual things must be spiritually discerned—not figured out by human reasoning. Affirm the truth of Paul’s teaching: “I have the mind of Christ.” (See 1 Cor. 2:14-16.)
Recognize that your fight is not with flesh and blood, but with the powers of darkness and Satan’s spiritual rulers of this age. This age (world) has become the battleground between these satanic forces and humankind. Therefore, you are not fighting against people you know or with whom you come in contact in your daily life. The enemy may harass you by stirring up strife in the lives of people who are close to you in order to deter you from prayer and intercession. Always remember that the real battle is in the spiritual realm, and not in your physical circumstances.
Satan sends assignments against your spirit, soul and body. If he can keep you oppressed, he can keep you from growing spiritually and from being an effective intercessor. Taking authority over the enemy and making the right choices according to God’s Word will bring you into victory and increase your spiritual growth. Failure to make the right choices gives ground to physical sickness, emotional problems and stunted spiritual growth.
Excerpt from Chapter 7 (You’re in a battle) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves